Property News - Fresh fascias for Touchwood

Lend Lease has signed up four new retailers at Touchwood in Solihull as part of its plan to refresh the retail offer 18 months after the 50,000 sq m mall opened.

Dutch culinary gift shop Oil & Vinegar has opened its first store in the West Midlands and only its fourth store in the UK at the centre, taking a 165 sq m two-storey unit in the Crescent Arcade. Designer childrenswear retailer Bratz has taken an 85 sq m unit in Poplar Arcade. A Must oriental restaurant is to open a 230 sq m unit in the lower dining terrace. And Wall's has taken 22 sq m unit in Mill Lane Arcade as part of the roll-out of its new luxury ice cream retail format.

Touchwood general manager Ray Cliff said: 'We have performed extremely strongly in the first quarter of 2003, recording a total sales increase of more than 8 per cent, almost double the figures reported by the BRC.'